Ashley Griffin Becomes First Person Nominated for a Major Award for Playing and Directing HAMLET

By: Aug. 11, 2017

Ashley Griffin has been nominated for three major New York Innovative Theater Awards for her work on A.N.O.N. Productions' He For She inspired HAMLET - Best Leading Actress, Best Director and Best Revival of a Play. Ms. Griffin is now the first person in history to be nominated for a significant award for both playing Hamlet and directing HAMLET.* A.N.O.N. Productions' widely heralded, hit production of HAMLET premiered in 2015 and returned in 2016.

The show was inspired by, and partnered with the "He For She" Campaign, a first of its kind, which acknowledges the need for men in the women's movement. In this production Hamlet is a woman raised as a man for succession purposes and Ophelia is a man bullied for being too sensitive. Most other roles are "gender typical."

The production's gender equality themes are poignant in the wake of Ms. Griffin's nominations - not only is she the first person to achieve this honor, she is one of the few women to ever play or direct HAMLET. Ashley Griffin is a NYC based performer, director and writer. Her work has been developed at MTC and Playwrights Horizons. Her play SNOW returns to NYC this fall at Theater 54.